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Originally posted by The Axeman
Here's a thought about the pine cone: not only could the pine cone be a referance to the Golden Ratio, but it could also be a symbol of eternity. I mean it does come from an evergreen tree after all. Kind of like saying "everything needed to grow a mighty Oak is found in an acorn." Perhaps it is a symbol representing the potential of Man?
Originally posted by Stoic 1
This is from Mackey's Encyclpedia of Fremasonry circa 1925
" The tops or points of the rods of deacons are often surmounted with pinecones, as an imitation of the Thyrsus, or sacred staff of Bacchus"
Easy answer....Old school symbol for the Deacons.
Keep in mind also that Mackey wrote the Encyclopedia in the early to mid 1800s and a lot of what is contained therein is no longer relevant to modern Freemasonry. In any case, even if the deacon's rods were adorned with such things, I doubt they would be put on the ceiling of the main hall of a masonic temple. Whatever symbol it is would have to be something more prominent and relevant to the Craft as a whole.
Originally posted by sharkman
Axeman, that is an AWESOME Room. Man, I would like to spend some time checking that out. That is really Beautiful.